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Shipt founder Bill Smith is looking to transform the rental market with his latest startup, Landing. With Landing, Smith wants to make it easier for traveling professionals to find housing–without being locked into a typical lease. Read on to find out how it works.
First, let’s talk about housing. Whether you buy or rent, it’s a pretty big commitment. You’ve got to lug in all your furniture, set everything up and get settled down. Although you could live in an RV or a similar mobile home, that doesn’t appeal to most people.
If you want to feel at home in a comfortable space, it means sacrificing flexibility. Or, at least it used to.
Landing is Bill Smith’s answer to flexible housing.
What is Landing?
“The whole point of renting is to have freedom and flexibility and the way it is today, you don’t have flexibility because you’re locked into a lease.Bill Smith
During his time at Shipt, Bill Smith had a hard time finding housing in San Francisco. So, he had an idea–what about flexible housing for professionals on the move?
Since Smith recently sold Shipt to Target for $550 million, he used some of that cash to fund his new idea. With Landing, members have access to a wide range of apartments in several cities. This is perfect for traveling professionals who can’t afford a month-long hotel bill, but don’t want to sign a three-month lease in a different city.
How Does it Work?
Members pay a flat membership fee of $199 per year. With that, they get access to a huge network of fully-furnished, one and two-bedroom apartments that are ready to move in to at any time.
Although a member still has to pay rent for the apartment they live in, they don’t have to put down a deposit or get locked into a lease. With Landing, a member can stay for a minimum of 30 days–or as long as they like.
What are the Apartments Like?
Each apartment is meant to feel like home (with none of the hassle.) So, each one includes:
- A comfy bed with cozy linens
- A smart TV and high-speed internet
- Kitchen appliances, cutlery and tableware
- Quality furniture and decor
- 24/7 concierge support
In short–Landing apartments feel like home.
When Can I Try Out Landing?
Here’s the good news: you could move into a new apartment today. So far, Landing has 200 apartments available in Birmingham, Austin, Los Angeles, Nashville, New York City and San Francisco. And by the end of 2020, they plan to be operating 4,000 apartments in 30 cities throughout the globe.
Landing has high-quality apartments in Birmingham starting at $1,290/month, such as:
- The Waites
- The Denham Building
- Vestavia Reserve
- Lane Parke
- Flats on 4th
- Park 35 on Clairmont
- The Pizitz
Next time you explore a new city for a month or more, use Landing and say–”Honey, I’m home!”